Great Learners Trust is a seven-school multi-academy trust, established in 2014. Meetings are held at multiple locations in Buckinghamshire.
Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse. The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law. In the interests of safeguarding, all trustee appointments would be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.
Every trustee is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583733/Competency_framework_for_governance_.pdf
The strategic expertise required for this role includes:
Role spec: a trustee to join the trust with experience of contributing to an effective board, and ideally with expertise in HR / personnel. The candidate should be committed to making a difference in education and should understand the power of leadership to accelerate learning.
Great Learners Trust consists of seven primary schools in Buckinghamshire. Since 2014, they share a determination to promote outstanding education for children, and a dynamic, enjoyable working environment for their staff. Not just Ofsted outstanding, but what they know to be outstanding – a rich, varied, unforgettable, lively and rewarding educational experience for every child in all the trust’s schools.Around this core purpose, each school within the GLT has its own distinct character and identity. The trust celebrates its diversity and they learn from each other.The number of pupils receiving free school meals or speaking English as a second language varies throughout the region, for example, it is higher in Aylesbury but lower in Great Missenden. Across the seven schools, the trust has 2500 pupils, employs 400 staff and has an annual budget of approximately £8.5m.
Improving the life chances of young people, particularly the disadvantaged, is critical to the UK’s social and economic success. The objective of the academies programme is to change education in England for the better by raising standards. As multi-academy trusts (MATs) grow and develop in pursuit of this objective, they face significant challenges. The skills and experience of business leaders can help these trusts and their pupils succeed.